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Dietmar Seyferth, BA 1951, was awarded a Dr. Honoris causa by the Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany in recognition of his contributions to organometallic chemistry. He is professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lives in Lexington, MA.

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Sande Zirlin, BA 1965 & BFA 1965, is the author of the children’s book Visits to Grandma’s House (RoseDog, 2007). She taught elementary school art for 35 years before retiring in 2000. Zirlin resides in Amsterdam, NY. Gerald Feldman, B S 1969, is chair of the Pennsylvania state water conservation committee and a member of the statewide water resources committee. He is also a financial adviser and lives in Pittsburgh, PA. *Gerard Mazurkiewicz, BS 1969, is a director of Graham Corporation’s board of directors. He is also a tax partner at Dopkins & Company and resides in West Seneca, NY.

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*Mark G. Farrell, JD 1972, is president of the New York State Magistrates Association. In 2001, he implemented the nation’s first and only operative gambling treatment court. Farrell lives in Williamsville, NY. Sandra Levine Garz, BA 1972, is executive vice president of the Gershman Y, the arts and cultural branch of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia. Previously, she was vice president and director of strategic operations at Urban Engineers Inc. Garz lives in Philadelphia, PA. Ann Kirschner, BA 1972, is university dean of the Macauley Honors College at the City University of New York and a member of Public Agenda’s board of trustees. She resides in New York, NY. Edward T. Manzitti, BA 1972, is vice president of research at the Direct Marketing Association, where he oversees the business strategy and operational results of the organization’s services and research products. He has more than 20 years’ experience in market research, analysis and management and resides in Somerville, NJ. David Bookbinder, BA 1973, won a 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant in photography. He is a psychotherapist and lives in Beverly, MA. Thomas J. Simpson, BS 1973, is senior manager at Lumsden & McCormick LLP’s audit department. He was previously partner at Simpson, Kling, Quarantillo & Frosolone and has served in the public accounting industry for more than 33 years. Simpson resides in Buffalo, NY. Meryl Gersh, BS 1974, is a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington’s board of directors. She is a professor of physical therapy at Eastern Washington University, where she has taught since 1985. Gersh lives in Spokane, WA. Brian Rusk, BA 1974, was elected to his 20th one-year term as president of the General Pulaski Association. He has also hosted the Rusk Report on WKBW Radio for 28 years. Rusk resides in East Amherst, NY. Vincent Gadou Kragbé, MBA 1976 & BS 1974, is chair and chief executive officer for the Village of Information Technology and Biotechnology, a free trade zone for biotechnology and information technology companies. He has been senior adviser to the president of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) since 2000 and lives in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Jeffrey S. Pollak, BA 1976, is of counsel at Archer Norris, a California law firm. He resides in La Crescenta, CA. *Edna V. Baehre, PhD 1977 & MA 1973, was recognized with the Ghandi, King, Ikeda Award, which celebrates dedication to peace. She also received the Compass Award from the Pennsylvania Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Network for her role for supporting immigrant and refugee women and children. Baehre has been president of Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College since 1997 and lives in Harrisburg. David Oppenheimer, BS 1978, is chief financial officer at Mindjet Corporation, a software company, where he has worked for more than 15 years. He resides in Novato, CA. H. William Wolfson, BA 1978, was elected to the New York State Chiropractic Association’s board of directors and is the American Chiropractic Association’s New York State downstate delegate. He is a fellow of the International College of Chiropractors and has been in private practice for more than 25 years. Wolfson lives in Commack, NY.

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*Gary DeWaal, JD 1980 & MBA 1980, is general counsel of Newedge, a global brokerage company. He is also a member of the firm’s executive committee, where he supervises the legal, compliance and anti-money-laundering departments. DeWaal resides in Brooklyn, NY. Jeffrey Markin, BS 1980, is president and chief executive officer at VirtualScopics Inc., a medical image analysis provider. Previously, he worked for 26 years at Eastman Kodak, where he was general manager of output solutions and major health group operations. Markin lives in Penfield, NY. Madonne Miner, PhD 1982, is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Previously, she was associate dean at Texas Tech University, where she began teaching in 1997. Miner resides in Ogden. Thomas E. Van Dyke, PhD 1982 & MS 1980, was appointed to Imagenetix Inc.’s medical advisory board. He is a professor of periodontology and oral biology at Boston University’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Van Dyke lives in West Roxbury, MA. *Joel Goldberg, MBA 1983 & BA 1981, is vice president of human resources at Cortegra Group. He resides in Ramsey, NJ. Brad Gold, MBA 1985, is a finance manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises in Jacksonville, FL, where he lives. Lawrence Kass, BS 1988, is a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he works in the intellectual property litigation practice group. Before becoming an attorney, he was a research scientist and development engineer at Union Carbide for seven years. Kass resides in Morris Plains, NJ. David Pape, PhD 1988, was presented with the 2007 award for outstanding teaching by Central Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he is a professor of mechanical engineering. He lives in Mount Pleasant, MI. Robert Frank, BA 1989, was appointed to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s underground storage tank technical appeals panel. He is a senior hydrogeologist at CH2M Hill and resides in Phoenix, AZ.

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Patrick G. Dempsey, BS 1990, is a principal research scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA, which he joined in 1996. He is a scientific editor for Applied Ergonomics and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. Dempsey was elected a fellow of the Ergonomics Society in the United Kingdom. He lives in Franklin, MA.*Meg Nowak, BA 1990, is assistant dean at Ithaca College’s School of Business. She resides in Cortland, NY. Michael Niman, PhD 1991, is associate professor of journalism and critical media studies at Buffalo State College. He lives in Buffalo, NY. Anne Saladino, MA 1992, BA 1990 & BA 1988, is practice manager at Veterinary Care Referral & Emergency Center in Albuquerque, NM, where she resides. John L. Knopf, PhD 1993, is chief executive officer at Acceleron Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company, where he is also on the board of directors. He is a founder of Acceleron and has served as both executive vice president of corporate development and president. Knopf lives in Carlisle, MA. Jason Reis, JD 1993, was appointed senior vice president and general counsel at Merckle, one of the nation’s largest database marketing agencies. He has more than 13 years of experience and resides in Potomac, MD. Kevin Ross, JD 1994, joined Foley & Lardner LLP as senior counsel and a member of the firm’s general commercial litigation practice. He lives in Orlando, FL. Cynthia Van Ness, MLS 1994, is director of library and archives at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Previously, she was a librarian with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library system in the Grosvenor Room and also the humanities and social sciences department. Van Ness lives in Buffalo, NY. Jordana Weiss, BA 1994, is director of the Adat Shalom Nursery and Kindergarten in Farmington Hills, MI. She resides in Southfield, MI. *Luke Bellocchi, JD 1995, is assistant commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He resides in Bethesda, MD. Samuel Lee, BA 1995, is an associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, where he represents investment banks and other institutional lenders. He lives in Bayside, NY. Scott Socha, MBA 1995, is vice president of business and finance at Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, a hospitality and food services provider. He resides in South Wales, NY. Kristin Ahrens, MD 1996, is medical director at Horizon Corporations, where she oversees all of Horizon’s psychiatric services. She joined Horizon in 2005, and is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Ahrens lives in Buffalo, NY. Michael Getz, BS 1996, is vice president and principal architect at CA, an information technology management software provider. He resides in Bayside, NY. *Anthony Brown, EdD 1997, EdM 1992 & BS 1981, is vice chancellor of the division of student affairs at Elizabeth City State University. He lives in Elizabeth City, NC. Brenda John-Banach, MSW 1997, is vice president of outpatient operations at Horizon Health Services, where she has worked since 1988. She resides in Williamsville, NY. Leigh M. Monette, BA 1997, joined Hiscock & Barclay LLP, where his practice is focused on all aspects of the construction industry. He lives in Rochester, NY. Marc Romanowski, JD 1999 & BS 1995, joined the environmental group at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. He resides in Orchard Park, NY.

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Joseph Ruffino, MBA 2000, was appointed chief financial officer at Shuman Plastics Inc., where his responsibilities include managing human resources and information technology operations. He joined Shuman Plastics in 2004 and previously served as controller for the Colad Group. Ruffino lives in East Amherst, NY. Josephine Fitzner, BS 2001, is a manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates. She resides in Tonawanda, NY. Daniel Rounds, BA 2001, was promoted to assistant vice president of the telephone service center at First Niagara Bank, where he is responsible for management and daily operations of First Niagara’s call center. He joined First Niagara in 2001 as a customer service representative and lives in Lockport, NY. Russell D. Burr, BS 2002, is a manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates. He has been a member of the firm’s accounting and auditing department since 2003, and resides in Grand Island, NY. Sarah Byrne, JD 2003, is a legislative representative for the Alliance for Retired Americans. She lives in Washington, DC. Samuel Karpel, BA 2003, is an associate at the Law Office of Richard C. Bardi, which he joined in 2005. He resides in Boston, MA. Hal Kingsley, EMBA 2003, is the director of business for the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business at Trocaire College. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Bryant and Stratton College and an assistant professor at Erie Community College’s School of Hospitality Management. Kingsley lives in Getzville, NY. Fabian Manino, BA 2003, is a firefighter and emergency medical technician at the Arlington County Fire Department. He resides in Alexandria, VA. Patrick J. S. Mathews, BS 2003, is a manager at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP, and a member of the firm’s accounting and auditing department. He lives in Cheektowaga, NY. James McAuliffe, EMBA 2004 & BS 1993, is controller of Gibraltar Industries’ processed metals group. He resides in Orchard Park, NY. Marc Stellrecht, BS 2004, is eastern regional manager at Bonjour Gourmet. He lives in New York, NY. *Graham Arndt, MA 2005, is an associate financial adviser at Jeffrey M. Goldfarb and Associates. He resides in Amherst, NY. Douglas Bishop, BS 2005, is a semi-senior accountant at Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, where he works in the firm’s auditing and accounting department. He lives in Allegany, NY. Susan Kowalewski, PhD 2005, EdM 2002 & BA 1984, is chair of the department of business at D’Youville College. She resides in North Tonawanda, NY. *Mark Marino, EdM 2005 & BA 2003, was honored with a 2007-2008 national fellowship through the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He is an instructor of mathematics and computer science at Erie Community College and lives in Depew, NY. *Robin Vail, MA 2005 & BA 2004, is development coordinator at Gilda’s Club Western New York, where her responsibilities include leading the organization’s fund-raising efforts. Previously, she was a research analyst at the University at Buffalo’s Office of Prospect Research and Development. Vail resides in Williamsville, NY. *Joseph Abdallah, MBA 2007 & BA 1991, is chief development officer for the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America. He was previously executive director of the Erie County Youth Services Department. Abdallah is a member of the UB Alumni Association’s board of directors and lives in East Amherst, NY. Monique Emdin, JD 2007, MBA 2007 & BS 2002, is an associate attorney at Hiscock & Barclay LLP. She resides in Buffalo, NY. Robert E. Koller, BS 2007, is a staff accountant at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP. He lives in Alden, NY. Heather Kowalski, BS 2007, is a staff accountant at Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP. She resides in Clarence Center, NY. Maria G. Pinzone, BS 2007, is a staff accountant at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP. She lives in Cheektowaga, NY. Clifford Strashun, BA 2007, has cofounded the Job Galaxy (www.thejobgalaxy.com), with UB senior Michael Rosenstein. Based in the New York City area, it offers a unique state-by-state search tool. Strashun resides in Centerport, NY.

* Asterisk denotes UB Alumni Association members